Today as we honored the memories of those killed in one of the darkest days in our nation's history, a Bald Eagle literally came and landed on the 9-11 Memorial in Minnesota during the prayer ceremony! It went viral. It was a miracle in the midst of remembering tragedy. In 1776, the American Bald Eagle was chosen by the founding fathers as our national bird. It symbolizes strength, courage, freedom, and immortality. In Isaiah 40:31, God used to Eagle to mark a message of hope.
"But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint."
What does the Eagle represent?
When an adult Eagle teaches it's young to fly, it first lines up the Eaglet with the Sun and begins to fly in small circles. As it gets stronger and stronger, it goes higher and higher until it's circle gets bigger and bigger. Even in our weakness, if we line ourselves up with the Son of God, we grow stronger and stronger in our faith. As we do, we get closer and closer to Jesus the Son, and our circle of influence gets bigger and bigger.
Today's miraculous Eagle landing reminded me of a vision I had several years ago and in honor of 9-11 I want to share my story.
What was the vision?
Suddenly, I heard something very loud outside my home, and I ran out of the garage to see what it was. At the side of our driveway was a huge bird. The bird was screaming and fighting for its life. It was facing away from me with its head hanging down so low I could not tell what kind of bird it was. It's wings were dark brown so I assumed it was the hawk that lives in our back yard. It was so badly injured it was gasping for air. I felt compelled to run into the house to get a glass of water in hopes it might help. I was afraid of the bird, so I stood back to back behind it, sticking the glass around to its beak as it gulped down the water. Each time it finished the water, I ran back in for more. Every time I returned, I could tell the bird was getting stronger. The last time I offered the bird a drink, it suddenly raised it’ head and screamed. To my surprise, its head was as white as snow. I realized it was the American bald eagle. Suddenly I heard a voice say, “America is gasping for air and living water is the only thing that can save it. If my people will generously pour out living water, America will be revived.”
What is the living water?
As I pondered the symbolism of water, I was reminded that deliverance throughout Biblical history many times came through water. Moses' mom sent her newborn son down the Nile river in a basket in hopes of saving his life from Pharaoh's order to kill all baby boys. Her faith and God's faithfulness delivered him from the water. He grew up to lead God's people out of generations of Egyptian slavery. As they left captivity, Moses again parted the waters of the Red Sea to lead them into freedom and deliverance from Pharaoh and his men in hot pursuit. Then there's Jonah, called by God to dish out some living water to the people of Nineveh. Instead, he chose to run the other way and be a stowaway. As the endangered ship's crew threw him overboard to save themselves, God sent a great fish to save him and spit him out on the beach heading him towards his original destination. He went on to give the people of Nineveh the drink of salvation. What about Noah, who built a boat in a desert despite the fact it had never rained? When God brought the great flood, Noah and his family were packed safe inside the ark. They were mankind's only hope of a future. The ark came to rest when the water subsided and the hope of man's future was reborn. The most significant person of all came through a virgin as her water broke. In a cold, dark stable, God brought forth the choice of salvation through his son, Jesus. In the Jordan River, as he was washed in the water of baptism at the start of his ministry, a dove descended signifying the beginning of the fulfillment of his call and our liberation from sin.
What was the symbolism of the Eagle landing today?
As I think about the Eagle today, maybe God sent him as he sent the dove to remind us that he is our strength, our courage, our freedom, and our immortality. Our government was never meant to save us, Jesus was. Our hope is in who he calls us to be as 'we the people" and what we have to offer the dying world around us. Just like the Eagle in my dream who was injured and gasping for air, so are the multitudes that surround us. Jesus is longing to restore our nation with the water of life and bring revival. If you and I are going to contribute to that hope, we've got to start pouring water. The same living water Jesus offered at the well to a woman who was a minority, a loner, a prostitute, a divorcee, a live-in girlfriend, and an outcast. We live in a nation full of this kind of wounded, hurting people. The call to us all is to drink from the well ourselves, and then offer what we have found to everyone we know who is thirsty.
What will you do?
As we reflect on 9-11, while looking our future in the face, ask yourself what you have to pour out? You have a circle of people around you who are thirsty. They've been placed in your life for you to pour into. Let's all start digging wells with our hands. We can reach out and lift up our brother. We can offer our hands in service to make another person's load lighter. We can clasp our hands in prayer for the government and the people around us. Will you pour out the living water to the world around you? They are longing for a drink!
Do you want to live in a war-torn castle or a peaceful palace?
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